Swipe all the files!29 Jul 2016
If you've ever tried the
swiper, forget everything about
it. The command was super-awkward, since it had to parse all your
open files before giving you a chance enter anything, resulting in
dozens of seconds before the prompt.
Recently, I've had some time to examine and improve it and the result looks very promising. The new command is now async, which means there's no delay before the prompt comes up. Here's a result I got with no delay while having around 50 buffers open:
The shortcut I'm using:
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c u") 'swiper-all)
For efficiency's sake a small trade off had to be made: the line numbers are no longer displayed. This actually results in an advantage that you can select different candidates on the same line.
There are still a few things I plan to try for the new command, like adding file-less buffers, caching for incremental regexes and maybe even newlines in wild cards, but even now it seems very usable. So give it a try, enjoy and happy hacking!